Dao M. Nguyen, M.D., Named B. and Donald Carlin Chair in Thoracic Surgical Oncology

Surrounded by friends, colleagues and University leadership, Dao M. Nguyen, M.D., was named B. and Donald Carlin Chair in Thoracic Surgical Oncology at a Miller School ceremony hosted by Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology.

Recounting the late Don Carlin’s belief that “great institutions invest in people, not buildings,” UM President Donna E. Shalala acknowledged B. and Don Carlin as “two individuals who thought deeply about giving back through strategic investments in the South Florida community.”

This endowed chair, generously established by the Carlins and the B. Carlin Foundation, ensures sustainable academic excellence and offers many benefits to the recipients, University and donors. “Esteemed scholars and physicians receive the recognition they deserve,” Shalala said. “The University of Miami reaps the benefits and prestige of recruiting the best of the best, and generations of students gain the benefits of learning from world-class professors—year after year.”

Addressing the crowd, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., pointed out that “some of the best physicians and scientists in the world” were assembled in the room. “Dr. Nguyen is among the best of the best and represents the type of exemplary leadership that makes UM a leader in research,” Goldschmidt said.

Nguyen’s research focuses on eradicating lung cancer, the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in men and women in the U.S. “I am honored to witness and take part in medical history through this great institution and, in particular, the department of thoracic surgery,” Nguyen said. “Fighting lung cancer is very much a group effort, and our group is very strong and very active.”

Nguyen says he plans to put the endowment to good use by enrolling in a database to track treatment outcomes, conduct additional clinical trials, expand access to lung cancer screening for at-risk patients, and conduct additional lab work, which will hopefully lead to future funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Outgoing B. and Donald Carlin Chair Richard J. Thurer, M.D., who introduced Nguyen to Don Carlin back in 2007 as his “future boss,” said he could not be happier for Nguyen to succeed him in holding the chair.

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